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Tie out for cuben tarps?
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Josh Brock

Locale: Outside
Tie out for cuben tarps? on 04/01/2013 16:19:47 MDT Print View

I have some cuben and I want to make a small over hang for my bivy. basically a small area I can chill out in and watch it rain. I dont need a lot of space. Im thinking 4-5 feet wide and 3 feet up.

My question is- how do you attach and reinforce your tie outs.

I was thinking about just making mylar hoops and attaching paracord loops I also have some grossgrain I could use but need help with how to reinfoce these sewn areas

how do you handle the outer rim of the fabric? which seems to be just a thin piece of plastic. Fold it over and stitch it is what i normally would do but im not sure how well that outer material would sew. So do I cut it off and tape the outer rim? Or cut it off and fold it then stitch it.

Pictures of the tie outs and outside edges of current cuben tarps would be VERY appreciated. I have looked at a ton of these on the internet but few of the pics seem to show case the areas im concerned with. The Pictures that i have seen are of the completed project from 20 feet away.

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
tire outs on 04/04/2013 00:17:18 MDT Print View

I think I have a good method to show you with some pictures, but I'm on the road right now. Be home late this weekend.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Tie out for cuben tarps? on 04/04/2013 08:49:33 MDT Print View

check out

and the video linked to

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Tie out for cuben tarps? on 04/04/2013 12:14:07 MDT Print View

And here's the link to the tie out test documents. Nothing scientific, but will give you a good idea about the strength.


Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Carbon Tieouts on 04/07/2013 12:25:05 MDT Print View

I recently finished (mostly) a cuben tarp and used small pieces of flat carbon for the tieouts. 1/2" long pieces of flat carbon are taped into the edges of the tarp with three 10" long, 1/2" wide pieces of cuben tape wrapped over the edge to distribute the pull, placed at different angles to the direction of pull. A hole is drilled into the carbon to tie to (after all the taping is done). No sewing.

This method was inspired by tieout method developed for polycro tarps using nylon washers, mentioned/started at

I'll post some details for the construction of this tarp soon, probably in the next week.


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